Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has warned the Federal Government that detaining or killing Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba rights activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho, would be its biggest mistake.
He said in a series of posts on Twitter while reacting to an attempted arrest of Igboho by security operatives along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
In a video he posted, some youths, believed to be supporters of Igboho, were seen preventing a combined security team of policemen, soldiers and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), from arresting the activist, who was shirtless.
According to Fani-Kayode, Igboho was on his way to Lagos to meet with 93-year-old Afenifere chieftain, Ayo Adebanjo, when the incident occurred.
The former minister condemned the attempted arrest by the security operatives calling it reckless and dangerous.
He called for restraint from all sides.
I just spoke to my brother Sunday Igboho. He told me there was a violent attempt to arrest him this afternoon by a joint team of soldiers, DSS operatives & policemen numbering about 40 on the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway whilst he was on his way to see Baba Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos. 1/ pic.twitter.com/tjyuKH58Bv
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) February 26, 2021
“I condemn this attempt to ambush& abduct him. It is not only reckless but also very dangerous. If the security agencies want to see him all they need to do is to invite him to their office. I am not aware of any crime that he has committed I urge restraint on all sides.
“Let me also send a warning to the FG that Sunday Igboho is a hero to millions of Yorubas & either killing him or detaining him unlawfully would be the biggest mistake they could make. Building bridges, dialogue peace is better than violence and war. A word is enough for the wise,” Fani-Kayode tweeted.
Igboho has recently been on the radar in recent weeks over his advocacy for the safety and protection of citizens in the South-West region against Fulani herdsmen attacks in the region.